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    Has anyone heard that cruisers were going to trend?

    Has anyone heard that cruisers were going to trend? There seems to be a reference to it here or there but it sounds like speculation or the bike some people feel you should be riding because it has the simplicity of singlespeeds but also comfort.

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    I don’t know if it’s a trend or not. However, I heard a rumor that Trek was going to discontinue their cruiser line after this year. I hope that is not true. Has anyone else heard that rumor?

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    Hmmmmm .... so if we alll buy one - will that be 'trendy'? Or will it just start a trend where there wasn't one before?

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    Single-speed, fat-tire bikes were a trend... in the early 1980's. At least, that's when I was selling zillions of them in the local Schwinn shop. They aren't a new thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    I don’t know if it’s a trend or not. However, I heard a rumor that Trek was going to discontinue their cruiser line after this year. I hope that is not true. Has anyone else heard that rumor?
    As long as Trek keeps the Sawyer, I don't care what it does with its "Cruiser" line up.

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    I saw some reality TV show where people try to pitch ideas to potential investors. One of them was cruisers in a bunch of fruity colors. I think he got the dough for it. I see it going nowhere. I think cruisers are more popular now than they were in 2002, but I doubt it's going to blow up to the point where cruisers dominate sales.

    Found the site of the guy who made the pitch on TV:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I saw some reality TV show where people try to pitch ideas to potential investors. One of them was cruisers in a bunch of fruity colors. I think he got the dough for it. I see it going nowhere. I think cruisers are more popular now than they were in 2002, but I doubt it's going to blow up to the point where cruisers dominate sales.

    Found the site of the guy who made the pitch on TV:

    http://www.villycustoms.com/
    Yep, and it has the Shark Tank logo on the website. Looks like they let you build a semi-custom bike from the ground up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Single-speed, fat-tire bikes were a trend... in the early 1980's. At least, that's when I was selling zillions of them in the local Schwinn shop. They aren't a new thing.
    Also in the 50s / 60s right? There are guys trying to sell those for a small fortune around here these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EAA View Post
    Also in the 50s / 60s right? There are guys trying to sell those for a small fortune around here these days.
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    Seems like the trend around here. At least among the Midtown Hipsters: they've moved from fixed gears to beach cruisers. Probably easier to drink a PBR and smoke a Parliament on fat tires.
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    Cruisers have always been popular in beach towns and some places like Boulder, Co. But I wouldn't listen to anyone who tries to predict the next big thing - a few years ago it was all about chopper bikes. That didn't even last a year. Felt has been making cool cruisers for years now, but I never see any on the road. Here's a sweet one: http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2012.../Deep-Six.aspx

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    A lot of them hollywood types rolls Nirve cruisers.
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    I think a lot of it depends on the terrain. Cruisers are great if it's flat and you don't have far to go nor much to carry.
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    I have a photo of my mother with about 15 of her high school classmates in her parents driveway. They rode down from her school. It's maybe 10 miles. They are on single speed fat tire bikes, identical to modern cruisers. My mother was 18 at the time.

    The year was 1937.

    One of the bikes was a shaft drive. I've seen shaft drive bike in museums, from that era. There are antique plastic bikes. Similar to, but not as good as Carbon Fiber. There are antique Aluminum bikes, but the tubes were too thin and flexed too much. Solid tires were on high wheel bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    I donít know if itís a trend or not. However, I heard a rumor that Trek was going to discontinue their cruiser line after this year. I hope that is not true. Has anyone else heard that rumor?
    Pretty sure I've heard something like this too.

    I started working at a LBS 4 months ago, and in that time, cruisers have been the type of bike we sold the least of. Most people want bikes for commuting, and go with hybrids. However, the cruisers are in an area where people are likely to completely overlook them. Whenever we have one up near the front of the store, it always gets tons of looks. The weight tends to be the thing that turns people off though. Make a lightweight cruiser with the right looks, and it could sell very well if customers get a chance to see it.

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    Guess you have to live where the trendy flat-landers gather..
    Nirve does offer some nice cruiser bikes , Aluminum frames..

    with all sorts of themes in colors and accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I saw some reality TV show where people try to pitch ideas to potential investors. One of them was cruisers in a bunch of fruity colors. I think he got the dough for it. I see it going nowhere. I think cruisers are more popular now than they were in 2002, but I doubt it's going to blow up to the point where cruisers dominate sales.

    Found the site of the guy who made the pitch on TV:

    http://www.villycustoms.com/

    Wow. Would anyone really spend $800-900 for a single speed coaster brake cruiser, for the "unique colors"? I understand "trendy" for people who don't actually ride much, but not without a commiserate pared-down price tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    Wow. Would anyone really spend $800-900 for a single speed coaster brake cruiser, for the "unique colors"? I understand "trendy" for people who don't actually ride much, but not without a commiserate pared-down price tag.
    I just did one up on there.. 693 I think it said..the idea seems so dumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Guess you have to live where the trendy flat-landers gather..
    Nirve does offer some nice cruiser bikes , Aluminum frames..

    with all sorts of themes in colors and accessories.
    My wife tried out a Nirve cruiser last week. I rode one as well and I couldn't stand the ergonomics of it. She liked it just fine until she got on a Schwinn roadster.

    We bought the Schwinn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    Wow. Would anyone really spend $800-900 for a single speed coaster brake cruiser, for the "unique colors"? I understand "trendy" for people who don't actually ride much, but not without a commiserate pared-down price tag.
    As one wise businessman said, never judge another person's wallet by your own. Many people will pay a large price just to have what others cannot.
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    Cruisers trend every summer in SoCal. The beaches and MUPs are always packed with girls three abreast clogging up lanes

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Seems like the trend around here. At least among the Midtown Hipsters: they've moved from fixed gears to beach cruisers.
    Apparently high schoolers have picked up on the fixed gear trend. So the hipsters would have to find a new way to be unique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    As one wise businessman said, never judge another person's wallet by your own. Many people will pay a large price just to have what others cannot.
    That can be true, but it isn't where I was coming from. The bikes are unremarkable except for their "unique colors", so I question the entire scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkippyX View Post
    My wife tried out a Nirve cruiser last week. I rode one as well and I couldn't stand the ergonomics of it. She liked it just fine until she got on a Schwinn roadster.

    We bought the Schwinn.
    Schwinn Roadster???!!!! She must be quite petite!

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    How the hell could the Cruiser be a "trend" when we can't even get a forum for them here on Bike forums!!

    The sticky poll shows an overwhelming preference for a Cruiser forum but we're stuck with a sticky no one can find or see. WTF???

    There are a lot of people who still ride and love the Cruiser but.............
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